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Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
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Will Smith

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Famous For:
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Men in Black, Independence Day
Networth:
$250 Million
Currently Known For:
Aladdin
Famous Years:
1987-Present
Birthdate:
September 25, 1968
Will Smith


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  Famous For:
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Men in Black, Independence Day

  Networth:
$250 Million

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The 1990s were dominated by certain actors, and among the most memorable is Will Smith. From sci-fi action films to comedy and everything in between, Smith made the transition from rapper to actor seamlessly and made himself one of Hollywood’s most bankable talents and among the highest paid actors. That success has carried over into the new millennium, and there’s no signs of slowing down even now that he’s in his 50s.Advertisements:


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Like his popular sitcom character, Smith was born in raised in Philadelphia, having been born on September 25, 1968. From an early age, Smith started getting interested in rap music, spending much of his teenage years rapping with the hopes of becoming a star. Even though that’s where most of his passion and focus was, Smith was still an excellent student. He likely would’ve had his pick of colleges, but decided to focus fully on rap during the mid 1980s.

Smith teamed up with his longtime friend Jeff Townes to form a rap duo, going by the names of The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff. In 1987, the two released their first album called “Rock the House” that reached the top 100 and included the song “Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble”. In each of the next two years, Smith and Townes released another pair of albums with “He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper” and “And in This Corner…”. During this time, their biggest hits included “Parents Just Don’t Understand” and “A Nightmare on My Street”.

As Smith’s music career was taking off, he got into the acting scene, making his TV debut in 1990 with a slew of appearances that included the start of his show “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”. The sitcom became one of the most beloved of the 1990s, pulling in big ratings and still getting plenty of reruns aired in syndication. While the show was still going on, Smith’s music career was still going strong with the albums “Homebase” and “Code Red”, and he kicked off a film career, as well.

It was a massive break for Smith, as he had run into some personal problems around this time. In 1989, Smith had gotten into an altercation with the man who was promoting his records, causing him to have to spend the night in jail for assault. Not only that, but Smith was spending too much of his money and wasn’t paying taxes, which caused him to be nearly broke when he had a lot of his remaining money taken by the IRS. His initial acting roles are what put him back on the right path.

Smith made his film debut in 1992 with “Where the Day Takes You”, and had his first true starring role in 1995’s “Bad Boys” with Martin Lawrence. The rest of the 1990s also included several major blockbusters such as “Independence Day”, “Enemy of the State” and “Wild Wild West”. In 1997, Smith embarked on a solo music career, as well, coming out with the albums “Big Willie Style” and “Willennium” that reached the top 10. These albums also produced a pair of number one songs with “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” and “Wild Wild West”.

Acting has been more of Smith’s focus so far in this millennium, but he did come out with two more albums with 2002’s “Born to Reign” and 2005’s “Lost and Found”. The 2000s have also included some hit films such as “I, Robot”, “Hitch”, “I Am Legend” and “Hancock”. Overall, Smith has been in more than two dozen films, and has pulled in over $3.2 billion at the box office with an average of $128 million per movie.

Smith has continued to be busy on the big screen, starring in several movies over the past few years that include the likes of “Focus”, “Concussion” and “Suicide Squad”. Most recently, Smith starred in the film “Collateral Beauty” as well as the Netflix film “Bright”. On the TV side of things, Smith became the host of the 2018 documentary series ‘One Strange Rock” and is a producer for the YouTube series “Cobra Kai”. The next year will be very busy for Smith, as his upcoming roles include “Spies in Disguise” and “Gemini Man”, as well as the role of the Genie in the live action version of “Aladdin”.

Smith’s work has seen him nominated for a pair of Oscars, with Best Actor noms coming in 2007 for “The Pursuit of Happyness” and 2002 for “Ali”. The Golden Globes have also nominated Smith on multiple occasions for a total of five, most recently in 2016 for “Concussion”. Though he hasn’t won in either of the two major awards shows, Smith is certainly one of the most beloved actors of his generation.

Don’t expect any kind of extended breaks for Smith in his career, as he likes the consistency of working. “I don’t want to get bored,” he said. “I want to face new challenges. That’s what’s important for me, it keeps my engine running...So far, I can’t complain too much. It’s been a pretty good ride.” Acting is a passion for Smith, who says that “For me, there is nothing more valuable than how people feel in a movie theater about a movie.’

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